Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

A Look at New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Disneyland Resort Over the Years

posted on December 28th, 2010 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations


Have you made your list of resolutions yet? I usually do that about two hours before midnight. There’s something about the new year that allows us to to start with a clean slate. I haven’t had the pleasure of ringing in New Year’s Eve here at the resort, but I’ll put that on my resolution list for next year. Some guests make it a tradition to celebrate at the Happiest Place on Earth. In fact, the first New Year’s Eve Party at Disneyland park was on December 31, 1957. Here is a look New Year’s Eve celebrations from various decades here at the Parks. Cheers to 2011!

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Best Places to Take Holiday Photos at Walt Disney World

posted on December 28th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


During the holidays, I find myself taking more photos that normal in the parks and adding to the millions of pictures taken every year at the Walt Disney World Resort. We have so many great places to take a holiday shot that it’s hard to pick one. So today, we’re tossing the question to you, “Where is the best place to take holiday photos at Walt Disney World?”

Where’s your favorite place to take a holiday photo? Let us know in the comments.

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Moms Panel: Doug Helps Make Bridal Magic

posted on December 28th, 2010 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


The internet has changed the way we communicate in ways in we never imagined. For girl like me, who remembers using a typewriter and white-out, I am amazed by technology and how it brings people together.

The members of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel help people from all of the world plan vacations to Disney Parks. The panelists are so passionate and knowledgeable and they do their best to help make every guest’s vacation magical. Often, visitors to the website will ask a panelist for their advice and over time, an online relationship begins. Some guests have their favorite “mom” and ask that mom many questions on planning their vacation down to the tiniest detail.

I heard about one such relationship from a soon-to-be-bride who was planning her wedding at Walt Disney World Resort. She had asked Disney Dad Doug a question and before she knew it, they were feverishly communicating through the website about her wedding.

I’m quite positive that Doug never imagined that he would one day be a wedding planner, but that’s just what he was for this bride! I decided that the two of them should meet the weekend of her wedding. This is their story.

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The Mysterious Menehune Hide Throughout Aulani

posted on December 27th, 2010 by John McClintock, Disney Public Relations


Mysterious Menehune Hiding Throughout Aulani

Mysterious Menehune Hiding Throughout Aulani

Who are these figures playfully hiding in the foliage around the site of Aulani? They might be the Menehune. According to Hawaiian legend, the little Menehune (men-neh-HOO-nay) are shy folk who come out mostly at night. They are said to be gifted, possibly magical, craftspeople and if you come across a work-in-progress bridge or canoe (as you just might, when visiting Aulani), chances are it’s the work of the Menehune.

You may not spot them right away, but when Aulani opens to guests August 29, 2011, the Menehune will be there, represented by carvings concealed throughout the resort – under tables, in the forest and hidden in corners where they are most likely to be first discovered by kids. The Menehune will have had a hand, unseen, in the construction of Menehune Bridge, the children’s interactive water and slide play area at the resort. And the legend of the Menehune will animate the Menehune Adventure Trail, an interactive journey of discovery that will bring their story to life for Aulani guests.

Along with the fun of their adventures and concealment (“like Easter eggs,” as Imagineer Joe Rohde says), the design of the Menehune statues in Aulani demonstrates the research and dedication to Hawaiian culture that the Disney Imagineers have put into the creation of the resort. Various versions of the Menehune legend depict them as mischievous elf-like characters or as a real, ancient people who lived freely on the islands before being forced into hiding by the arrival of Polynesians from Tahiti.

The legend of the real, ancient Menehune suggests that some of them found refuge on Necker Island, northwest of Kaua`i, and that their life on the island is suggested by mysterious images found in the ancient stone structures there. The Aulani Imagineering team, working with subject matter experts and reviewing the collection at the Bishop Museum of history and culture on O`ahu, took cues from the Necker Island images in designing the Menehune who will populate Aulani.

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Disney Around the Web – December 2010

posted on December 27th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disney Store Gives 20,000 Plush Toys to Toys for Tots Foundation

Holiday magic stretched far beyond Disney Parks this year. Take a look at what other Disney blogs were up to this month.

Confessions of a Disney Store Vinylmation Artist – The Official Disney Store Blog — Disney Character Artist and Product Designer Jim Valeri shares his experience helping design Disney Store’s exclusive New York City-themed Vinylmation figures.

Disney Store Gives 20,000 Plush Toys This Holiday Season to Toys for Tots Foundation – The Official Disney Store Blog — With the support of guests, Disney Store’s Buy One, Get One, Give One holiday campaign resulted in 20,000 new plush donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Welcome to Your Ever After – Ever After Blog — This month saw the launch of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons Ever After blog, which will feature tips, trends and inspiration for your special day.

WALL-E Wedding Cake – Ever After Blog — WALL-E wedding cake toppers make a sentimental statement for a couple who saw the film on their first date.

Sometimes the Magic Happens in the Kitchen – Ever After Blog — See how the kitchen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is transformed into an elegant dining experience.

Villains, TRON and a Peek at 2011 – Vinylmation Blog — Keep up with new and upcoming Vinylmation releases at the Vinylmation Blog.

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Finishing Touches: Disney Dream

posted on December 27th, 2010 by Kent Phillips, Photographer, Walt Disney World


Have you ever watched a gifted artist apply the finishing brushstrokes to a beautiful painting and seen a masterpiece come to life before your eyes? I experienced the maritime equivalent this month as I spent two weeks living on the Disney Dream in Bremerhaven, Germany, just before it began crossing the Atlantic on the way to its new home in Florida.

Finishing Touches Aboard the Disney Dream

From the moment Disney Cruise Line officially took delivery of the Disney Dream on December 9th, the changes throughout the ship were rapid and astonishing. Every morning I’d walk the decks and see breathtaking new details that weren’t there the day before. The level of energy and focus by everyone on board is amazing. Crew, Imagineers, craftsmen and tradesmen of all sorts are working like crazy to bring the ship to life.

Finishing Touches Aboard the Disney Dream

I shot some of these details as they caught my eye. I hope they’ll tide you over until the ship reaches Port Canaveral on January 4th. When it gets there I, and a lot of others, will be waiting anxiously to see it pull in.

With any luck the airlines will have found my luggage by then.

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Disney Parks Blog Photos of 2010

posted on December 27th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Epcot as Art Space Shuttle Discovery Soars Over Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World
Sometimes it is the Details Rainy Day Reflections at Disneyland Park

Throughout the year, our Disney Parks photographers have had a knack of wowing us with amazing images. They’ve highlighted our favorite attractions, captured unique sights in and around the parks and even showed us beauty in nature. Here are some favorites.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

posted on December 27th, 2010 by Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing & Business Development Director, Weddings & Honeymoons


The holidays are in full swing here at the Walt Disney World Resort, so why not leverage the gorgeous decor for your big day? By taking advantage of the pre-decorated scenery you can cut down on your floral budget and splurge somewhere else.

Wedding Photo

We see a lot of couples incorporate holiday elements into their reception, and one of my favorites is a midnight buffet of gingerbread cookies and milk. Give your guests something sweet to snack on after dancing the night away.

Reception Cookies

Dream of wedding in a winter wonderland? Let us transform an ordinary ballroom into your fairy tale wish come true.

Wedding Reception Decor

Wedding Reception Decor

Can’t get enough of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons? Find us on Facebook, Twitter and the Ever After Blog to learn more about dreaming, planning and creating your big day.

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51 Year Rose Bowl Tradition Continues

posted on December 26th, 2010 by Heather Hust Rivera, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, The Walt Disney Company


The 2011 Rose Bowl Teams are Hosted at Disneyland Resort

It’s a longstanding tradition at the Disneyland Resort to host the Rose Bowl teams before the big game. The Disneyland Resort has been associated with the Tournament of Roses since 1959 and has had the honor of playing host to many teams during that time.

Earlier today, the Wisconsin Badgers and the TCU Horned Frogs visited the Happiest Place on Earth in advance of the 2011 Rose Bowl game. The teams met in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and were honored in a brief ceremony. Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema and TCU Coach Gary Patterson were awarded crystal replicas of Sleeping Beauty Castle in recognition of their achievement. Following the ceremony, players from both teams enjoyed attractions at the Parks, including the Matterhorn Bobsleds and the Mad Tea Party.

Here’s a look at the players enjoying the attraction:

The Wisconsin Badgers Football Team Visits Disneyland Resort The TCU Horned Frogs Football Team Visits Disneyland Resort
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Holiday Storytellers at Epcot – Kwanzaa

posted on December 26th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, the weeklong African-American cultural festival. And to celebrate the seven-day festival we’re listening in on Mwalimu, one of our Epcot Holiday Storytellers. Mwalimu talks with guests visiting the American Adventure Pavilion this time of year, telling them about the seven Kwanzaa principles, beginning with today, Umoja.

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